JOHANNESBURG – George Lebese shook his head and produced a wry smile before he was even asked the first question as he knew the direction the interview would take.
The 29-year-old’s debut season at Mamelodi Sundowns was underwhelming since his much-publicised move from Kaizer Chiefs to his boyhood club.
Lebese argued that he didn’t want to be average anymore, which is why he chose to make the switch from Naturena to Chloorkop. He didn’t have an average season like Amakhosi, who went empty-handed for a third season in a row. He finished with the Absa Premiership title and tasted football in the group stage of the Caf Champions League for the first time.
But his performance was average. Lebese was just a squad player in those achievements. He played only one full match in the 10 appearances he made in the league.
Behind the scenes, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was pushing him which resulted in Lebese shedding six kilograms.